October 25, 2016

Gary Stager

“Some people think outside of the box. Gary is unaware of the box’s existence.”
– Futurist, Dr. David Thornburg

Gary works with students in Virginia

Gary works with students in Virginia

Did you know?

  • Gary led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990)
  • Gary designed one of the first online masters degree programs
  • Gary created an alternative learning environment for at-risk students inside a prison for teens
  • Gary earned a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education
  • Gary was part of a team that won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Recording

Gary Stager is a recognized pioneer in 1:1 computing, online learning, and computer science for all students. He has taught learners from preschool through the doctoral level and spent 35 years helping teachers around the world embrace technology as way of amplifying the potential of each student.

Gary is a popular keynote speaker known across the globe for his fearless advocacy on behalf of teachers and children. Educators leave his presentations energized and empowered to change their practice and the world of the kids they serve.

Short Bio

In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary Stager is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators.

Dr. Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called the “bible of the maker movement in schools,” by Larry Magid of CBS and The San Jose Mercury News.

When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.

Dr. Stager’s work has earned a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education and a Grammy Award.

Gary is also on the advisory board of the NSF-funded project, BJC4NYC: Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to the Largest School System in the US. Dr. Stager also maintains the world’s largest archive of text and multimedia by Seymour Papert at The Daily Papert.

Learn more about Gary


Gary has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, Nature, The Chronicle of High Education, Parade Magazine, Wired, The Huffington Post, Edutopia, Scholastic Administrator, District Administration, Technology and Learning, Education Week, American School Boards Journal, California School Business Magazine,

Educational Leadership, Learning and Leading with Technology, Technology and Learning, ASCD Education Update, KQED Mindshift, Converge, Logo Exchange, eSchool News, The Age (Melbourne Australia), Education HQ (Australia) Crikey (Australia), as well as public radio (US), the ABC (Australia), Canberra Times (Australia) Sunraysia Daily (Australia), and Peruvian television.

International Experience

Gary has worked, studied, or spoken in Australia, Canada, China, India. Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Poland, England, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Costa Rica, Slovakia, France, Thailand, Italy, Austria, Turkey, The Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Singapore, Belgium (2017), Philippines (2017) and across the United States.